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Just thought I'd share a little personal story that I'm pretty proud of.

I decided on April 7, 2017 to change my life to a one of health. Giving up soda, added sugar and fast foods, for a diet of fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins.

I also started walking...and a lot of it. For several months, while the weather was nice, I was averaging close to 20,000 steps a day. Of course my employer helps in this as I can get around $100 every quarter for tracking my steps and a few other daily things.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that for the first time in over 30 years I am now below 200 pounds and am less than 20 away form my ultimate goal to lose 100 pounds total.

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Congrats, I'm heading the other way. I went from 200 to 165 and held it for a year, but now I'm back up in the low 180s and haven't changed anything. It may sound crackpot, but I think it is couvade. I still fit into my 32 inch pants, granted a little more snugly. At this weight, I'm usually battling between 34 and 36. Not sure where the weight is going this time, but it usually goes right to my arse and my pant sizing fluctuates a lot quicker. Pants feel like I have gained 5 pounds and I have gained almost 20! I've been trying to start jogging again, but it hasn't started raining long enough to get in a habit for long enough since August.
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(10-16-2017 01:30 PM)Redwingtom Wrote:  Just thought I'd share a little personal story that I'm pretty proud of.

I decided on April 7, 2017 to change my life to a one of health. Giving up soda, added sugar and fast foods, for a diet of fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins.

I also started walking...and a lot of it. For several months, while the weather was nice, I was averaging close to 20,000 steps a day. Of course my employer helps in this as I can get around $100 every quarter for tracking my steps and a few other daily things.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that for the first time in over 30 years I am now below 200 pounds and am less than 20 away form my ultimate goal to lose 100 pounds total.

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Nice! Congrats!

I was 126 in high school in the 80s. Got up to 210 last year. We started a diet and I lost around 22. It fluctuates up & down.

My first goal is 180. That's the upper boundary for my "healthy weight".

After that I'll try to hit 175 to give myself some wiggle room.

I don't see any possible way to hit what "they" say is my ideal weight of ~155.
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I don't want to discourage you, but I've been through what you've done before. One summer while I was in graduate school I was doing 2 hours of exercise a day and eating nothing but salads and nuts whole grain stuff and I lost about 25 pounds, but the rest of the weight didn't budge, and when I returned to a more normal routine a good bit of it came back on.

I gave up on attaining what's considered an ideal weight long ago. And that decision was helped by the mounting evidence that the ideal weight for a long and healthy life are those in the overweight (but not obese) category.

There is also some evidence that our GI microbiomes are possibly getting screwed up and altering the way we can utilize nutrients (which can make diet and exercise pointless). There's some pretty eye opening experiments with mice and case studies involving people (e.g. the woman who got a fecal transplant from an fat person to cure chronic bacteria and herself became fat).
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(10-16-2017 01:30 PM)Redwingtom Wrote:  Just thought I'd share a little personal story that I'm pretty proud of.

I decided on April 7, 2017 to change my life to a one of health. Giving up soda, added sugar and fast foods, for a diet of fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins.

I also started walking...and a lot of it. For several months, while the weather was nice, I was averaging close to 20,000 steps a day. Of course my employer helps in this as I can get around $100 every quarter for tracking my steps and a few other daily things.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that for the first time in over 30 years I am now below 200 pounds and am less than 20 away form my ultimate goal to lose 100 pounds total.

02-13-banana

High five redwing.... absolutely fantastic.

I did something similar but not nearly as drastic starting 18 months ago. I do a 6 day diet with no 'sugar' carbs (including bread and wheat), no sugar, high protein, high fat. One cheat day after that.

Doing 1 high impact weight training a week along with 2 cardio workouts.

Dropped from 235 to my college weight of 188.

Dropped body fat dropped from 42 per cent to 26 per cent.

The trainer I use has a 'core strength score' based on weight levels of various exercises that will induce muscle failure in 90 secs of workout + pullups and dips.

That core strength score has risen just over 40 per cent in those 18 months.

I'm 52, but this is the best I have felt since just after college.

But seriously --- high 5 and a big kudos for the awesome job Redwing.
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Thank you Trump! You weren't under 200 during Obama. Must have been the Don .
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Congratulations!

It can be a challenge at times. My dad owned a gym and used to win body building competitions in his early 30, now he's 365 pounds. I was scared of following his footsteps and when I quit the gym several years ago after an injury I jumped 20 pounds real fast. I've worked down to 169 from 215 in the past by cutting out all the junk, but I've found a happy medium of around 200 with moderate exercise and a reasonable diet.

Keep up the good work.
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(10-16-2017 01:30 PM)Redwingtom Wrote:  Just thought I'd share a little personal story that I'm pretty proud of.

I decided on April 7, 2017 to change my life to a one of health. Giving up soda, added sugar and fast foods, for a diet of fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins.

I also started walking...and a lot of it. For several months, while the weather was nice, I was averaging close to 20,000 steps a day. Of course my employer helps in this as I can get around $100 every quarter for tracking my steps and a few other daily things.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that for the first time in over 30 years I am now below 200 pounds and am less than 20 away form my ultimate goal to lose 100 pounds total.

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Makeing America Healthy Again....seriously though well done
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(10-16-2017 01:50 PM)EigenEagle Wrote:  I don't want to discourage you, but I've been through what you've done before. One summer while I was in graduate school I was doing 2 hours of exercise a day and eating nothing but salads and nuts whole grain stuff and I lost about 25 pounds, but the rest of the weight didn't budge, and when I returned to a more normal routine a good bit of it came back on.

I gave up on attaining what's considered an ideal weight long ago. And that decision was helped by the mounting evidence that the ideal weight for a long and healthy life are those in the overweight (but not obese) category.

There is also some evidence that our GI microbiomes are possibly getting screwed up and altering the way we can utilize nutrients (which can make diet and exercise pointless). There's some pretty eye opening experiments with mice and case studies involving people (e.g. the woman who got a fecal transplant from an fat person to cure chronic bacteria and herself became fat).

No problem. I will not be discouraged.

The bigger problem is in what you said...and it's not your fault, it's just the way we've been conditioned by our parents and society really. EVERYONE is on a diet. That's just a fact. Your diet is what you eat. Once you establish a healthy one, you need to keep that for life. You can't go back.

For me, I just started using the My Fitness Pal app and starting tracking all my food that I eat. Once you set a calorie goal, you need to stick to that goal every day for the rest of your life to maintain.

And I agree with the others. I don't think this supposed ideal weight is ideal at all!
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good for you.....well done.....

I'm 6' 3" and currently at 230.....I am craving to get back to 205-210, but my knees and left hip have now become a problem.....it happens at 52.3 after athletics and the other 'extracurricular(s)'

keep it up.....at 75, my pops is still playing tennis with two Ti knees and a Ti hip.....he's shrunk (lol) to 6' 1" and is 'floating' around 2 bills....

that degenerative thingy is in me 'jeans'.....

I'm have to wait 2.7 more before that can be addressed.....

as for diet.....giving up sugar happened moons ago.....you'll never look back with regret....fast food is now an unfortunate necessity at times....I hate it....sometimes I simply fast in lieu of.....

I'm basically down to red meat, veggies, and fruit in season as much as possible......

I miss my fresh pressed pasta and plantation bunny bread......
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(10-16-2017 01:58 PM)200yrs2late Wrote:  Congratulations!

It can be a challenge at times. My dad owned a gym and used to win body building competitions in his early 30, now he's 365 pounds. I was scared of following his footsteps and when I quit the gym several years ago after an injury I jumped 20 pounds real fast. I've worked down to 169 from 215 in the past by cutting out all the junk, but I've found a happy medium of around 200 with moderate exercise and a reasonable diet.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks. I'm learning so much from my health coach.

Some key things many aren't aware of. The key to weight loss is actually about 80% diet and only 20% exercise. So many folks get hung up on needing to exercise more...and while that's great, it's not the real way to lose weight.

For me, other than walking and light cardio exercises once or twice a week, I haven't lifted any weights.

Another thing most don't realize is that when you exercise, you aren't building muscle, you're actually breaking it down. What you eat before, during and after the workout is what is important and is what repairs the muscles and increases them.
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(10-16-2017 02:04 PM)stinkfist Wrote:  good for you.....well done.....

I'm 6' 3" and currently at 230.....I am craving to get back to 205-210, but my knees and left hip have now become a problem.....it happens at 52.3 after athletics and the other 'extracurricular(s)'

keep it up.....at 75, my pops is still playing tennis with two Ti knees and a Ti hip.....he's shrunk (lol) to 6' 1" and is 'floating' around 2 bills....

that degenerative thingy is in me 'jeans'.....

I'm have to wait 2.7 more before that can be addressed.....

as for diet.....giving up sugar happened moons ago.....you'll never look back with regret....fast food is now an unfortunate necessity at times....I hate it....sometimes I simply fast in lieu of.....

I'm basically down to red meat, veggies, and fruit in season as much as possible......

I miss my fresh pressed pasta and plantation bunny bread......

Thanks. I had severe knee pain before I started this journey. Estimates are that for every pound of weight, you are putting 4 pounds of pressure on your joints. Since I've dropped the weight, my knees are virtually pain free...other than the usual aches of a 51 year old. 03-wink
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Congrats. It's tough to lose weight and it's even tougher to keep it off. You are to be commended.
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(10-16-2017 02:06 PM)Redwingtom Wrote:  
(10-16-2017 01:58 PM)200yrs2late Wrote:  Congratulations!

It can be a challenge at times. My dad owned a gym and used to win body building competitions in his early 30, now he's 365 pounds. I was scared of following his footsteps and when I quit the gym several years ago after an injury I jumped 20 pounds real fast. I've worked down to 169 from 215 in the past by cutting out all the junk, but I've found a happy medium of around 200 with moderate exercise and a reasonable diet.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks. I'm learning so much from my health coach.

Some key things many aren't aware of. The key to weight loss is actually about 80% diet and only 20% exercise. So many folks get hung up on needing to exercise more...and while that's great, it's not the real way to lose weight.

For me, other than walking and light cardio exercises once or twice a week, I haven't lifted any weights.

Another thing most don't realize is that when you exercise, you aren't building muscle, you're actually breaking it down. What you eat before, during and after the workout is what is important and is what repairs the muscles and increases them.

That's all correct. What you are trying to do to your body matters a great deal with regards to what you put in it. I used My Fitness Pal when I started and the best advice a friend gave me was to not change my eating habits for two weeks, but log EVERYTHING. It's amazing the motivation you can get when you look at that **** you eat.

I went from a skinny 170 to rather bulky 210 when I was lifting heavy and eating every 2 hours. Hardest part after I got hurt was changing my eating habits back to those of a person not trying to put on muscle and who wasn't spending 90 minutes a day in the gym.

I go with my wife now who is trying to manage her weight through exercise and diet. Compound core exercises with moderate weight and hi speed reps and a sensible diet are all that's really needed. It all comes down to the individuals motivation. We do the same workout ( i do lift heavier as well ) but she is vastly more committed to the diet than I am and as a result she is losing more weight while I'm relocating mine. I'm down 3 inches in my waist in a month, but only dropped 3 pounds.


Keep up the good work.
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(10-16-2017 01:30 PM)Redwingtom Wrote:  Just thought I'd share a little personal story that I'm pretty proud of.

I decided on April 7, 2017 to change my life to a one of health. Giving up soda, added sugar and fast foods, for a diet of fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins.

I also started walking...and a lot of it. For several months, while the weather was nice, I was averaging close to 20,000 steps a day. Of course my employer helps in this as I can get around $100 every quarter for tracking my steps and a few other daily things.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that for the first time in over 30 years I am now below 200 pounds and am less than 20 away form my ultimate goal to lose 100 pounds total.

02-13-banana

This is awesome! Well done and congrats to you!!!!
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Congrats! That's awesome!
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Read the Plant Paradox by Dr. Gundry.

My wife changed what/how we eat. She dropped weight (50 or so pounds) with no exercise. I have dropped over 30 pounds myself with limited exercise.

I feel like I am 19 again. (51).
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(10-16-2017 01:30 PM)Redwingtom Wrote:  Just thought I'd share a little personal story that I'm pretty proud of.

I decided on April 7, 2017 to change my life to a one of health. Giving up soda, added sugar and fast foods, for a diet of fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins.

I also started walking...and a lot of it. For several months, while the weather was nice, I was averaging close to 20,000 steps a day. Of course my employer helps in this as I can get around $100 every quarter for tracking my steps and a few other daily things.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that for the first time in over 30 years I am now below 200 pounds and am less than 20 away form my ultimate goal to lose 100 pounds total.

02-13-banana

Congrats!! I had a similar epiphany at a similar age. Buckled down - started working out regularly and some others have said - started watching what I put in my mouth. Lost enough to be 10 lbs over my college freshman year weight when I said that's enough, 40 lbs total.

Have kept up a similar regimen for several years now and have only gained back less than 10 pounds. I cheat a little more than I should, hence the slight gain of weight, but overall eat much healthier.

For me the key is regulating sugar/carb intake. When I watch that, I'm okay. Shove too much of that down the gullet and the scales starts to climb.

To keep the weight off, I've had to mentally convince myself that what I now do is a lifestyle change that will go on forever - ultimately that's why I allow for some cheating.

Now your trick will be to keep it off. You are mentally in "lose mode" and goal driven. Keep it of by telling yourself you want to still be active in your 70s/80s........
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Congrats man! I'm on the journey myself.
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